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Kerry acknowledges Turkish concerns over peshmerga

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 01:52

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry acknowledges Turkish concerns after Turkey allowed Iraqi Kurdish fighters passage to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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--AUDIO AS INCOMING -- Plumes of smoke rise from the Syrian town of Kobani. It's a city at the heart of the battle against Islamic State. Kurdish fighters have been central to the fight -- raising concerns in nearby Turkey, which has for decades battled the PKK - is a group seeking Kurdish rights in Turkey. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveling in Indonesia, acknowledges Ankara's concerns. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "Let me say very, very respectfully to our allies the Turks that we understand fully the fundamentals of their opposition, and ours, to any kind of terrorist group and particularly, obviously the challenges they face with respect the PKK." Turkey said Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in Kobani. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "We talked with Turkish authorities. I did. The president did, to make it very very clear that this is not a shift in policy by the United States. It is a crisis moment, an emergency where we clearly do not want to see Kobani become a horrible example of the unwillingness of people to be able to help those who are fighting ISIL." The Syrian Kurds have struggled for weeks against better armed Islamic State fighters. If reinforcements come through, analysts say it could mark a turning point in the battle for Kobani, a town that has become a frontline in IS attempts to reshape the Middle East.

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Kerry acknowledges Turkish concerns over peshmerga

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 01:52